Wednesday, July 27th, 2016


On the second day of a summit in Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State, ethnic armed group leaders discussed a draft constitution which proposes a single Burman state within a federal union.

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Four ethnic armed organisations including the largest, the United Wa State Party (UWSP), did not attend the first day of the four-day plenary meeting of Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) which began yesterday and was attended by 17 EAOs.

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Dozens of villages remain empty in Kyaukme Township, a tea-growing area in northern Shan State where fighting erupted in February. The displacement of thousands of residents by the fighting has disrupted the tea harvest, from June to December. From January to April the plantations are prepared for the next harvest. Tea dominates the area’s economy and many tea growers, and their workers, are worried about their livelihoods.

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Compensation would be given to locals whose farmlands or fruit tree plantations were affected by the two power cable projects from Myawady to Mawlamyaing and Myawady to Kawkareik.

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The former deputy chairman of the Arakan Liberation Party, Khine Myo Tun, appeared at Sittwe township court for the first time today since he was arrested for allegedly accusing the Burmese army of committing war crimes in western Burma.

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The Department of Rural Development (DRD) has allocated 12 billion kyat (US$10.1 million) for use as loans to rural villages across western Burma’s Arakan State under the Mya Sein Yaung micro-finance scheme.

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with two powerhouse ethnic armed groups in the capital later this week, as the government lays the groundwork for the much-anticipated Panglong Conference slated for next month.

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The leader of Myanmar’s Catholics, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, suggested at an interfaith meeting on Martyrs’ Day that the ministry launch desks for other faiths besides Buddhism.

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Opposition MPs have baulked at an instruction issued by Lower House Speaker U Win Myint which requires all MPs to seek his approval before holding meetings with local and international civil society organisations.

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Myanmar’s upper house of parliament yesterday unanimously approved a motion submitted by an ethnic Shan lawmaker to combat rampant illegal drug sales and use in Myanmar’s Shan state, RFA reported on 26 July.

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An editorial in the Burmese state-run newspaper The Mirror has argued that the construction of the highly controversial Chinese-backed Myitsone Dam in Kachin State—suspended since 2011—should be completely abandoned, because it harms relations between Burma and China.

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One hundred farmers from a village in eastern Myanmar’s Shan state appeared in court on Monday after the national army filed a lawsuit against them for planting on confiscated land in a move that runs counter to the government’s efforts to return land that the military previously grabbed from locals during the country’s junta era, a villager said.

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The government will not renew mining permits for jade and gems when they expire and will only consider issuing new permits once by-laws to the Myanmar Gemstones Law have been passed, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation said yesterday.

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Telecommunications in Myanmar has gone mobile at a phenomenal pace, driving down voice and data rates, with new entrants expected to heat up competition further.

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Burma has appointed Htin Lynn as the permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and other international organizations, according to a statement issued by the foreign affairs ministry on Wednesday.

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